Molinaro returns to Penn State wrestling as assistant coach

October 02, 2014

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Former Penn State National Champion and four-time All-American Frank Molinaro is returning to Happy Valley as an assistant coach. One of Penn State's all-time greats, Molinaro joins head coach Cael Sanderson's staff after two years as an assistant at Rutgers.

Molinaro closed out a stellar Penn State career in 2012 with an undefeated senior campaign. He posted a 33-0 record, including 11 majors, seven tech falls and four pins. Molinaro won his second straight Big Ten 149-pound title in Purdue and then followed that up by claiming the NCAA title in St. Louis with a decisive 4-1 win over Minnesota's Dylan Ness. Molinaro earned 2012 Big Ten Championship Most Outstanding Wrestler honors as well that year. He left Penn State as the school's fifth four-time All-American with a 121-29 career record.

As a junior, Molinaro went 32-3 this season and advanced to the NCAA finals at 149. He ended his junior year as the 2011 NCAA National Runner-Up and the 2011 Big Ten Champion at 149, thus earning first team All-Big Ten laurels. During his sophomore year, Molinaro went 32-3 and placed fifth at NCAAs in his first season at 149. Molinaro went 23-19 as a red-shirt freshman and went from an unseeded grappler to an eight-place All-America finish at 141 pounds.

He left Penn State as a two-time Big Ten Champion, a four-time All-American, a two-time NCAA finalist and one-time National Champion. He is currently 10th on Penn State's all-time wins list with 121 and 11th on the all-time matches wrestled list with 150. Molinaro is tied for seventh on Penn State's all-time NCAA tournament win list with 17.

Molinaro began his collegiate coaching career at Rutgers in 2011-12 and spent two years with the Scarlet Knights. During his time with Rutgers, he assisted in coaching the school's first All-American since 2002.

Molinaro is married to Kera (Bolen) Molinaro, an assistant coach with the Penn State women's gymnastics team.

Penn State begins the 2014-15 on Sunday, Nov. 9, with a 2 p.m. home dual against Lehigh in Rec Hall. Penn State Fans are encouraged to follow Penn State wrestling via twitter at and on Penn State Wrestling's Facebook page at

Last Updated October 02, 2014